MBiolSci Research Project (Molecular Genetics)

Module code: BS4205

By choosing your laboratory research placement from projects covering a broad range of disciplines involving molecular genetics and a variety of organisms, you become part of an active research group employing modern approaches and technologies to solving significant research questions.

Projects undertaken by Molecular Genetics students have included:

  • Characterising actively transducing L1 retrotransposons in humans
  • DNA methylation and photoperiodism in the wasp N. vitripennis
  • Copy number variation in haptoglobin and haptoglobin-related protein and their association with human sleeping sickness
  • Mitochondrial stress and autophagy in a Parkinson’s model
  • Effects of folic acid deficiency on genome stability in mice
  • Characterisation of the PapsFIL gene in the opium poppy
  • Effect of bottleneck on phase variable genes of C. jejuni
  • Functional genomics of Bak1 polymorphisms and human platelets

Assessment of the research project is in three parts, based on your research performance, a dissertation you write about your research and a seminar you will present at the end of the project.


  • 8 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 20 hours of project supervision
  • 360 hours of supervised lab time
  • 210 hours of independent study


  • Research performance (35%)
  • Research report (57%)
  • Research seminar (8%)